Millets Vada

Millet Vada is a variation of regular vada made with the combination of urad dal and millets. This is a wonderful recipe for lunch or dinner.

Millets are the healthy option when you are trying to go on the low-carb diet and what could be better than to use them in regular meals. Frankly, when I first tried a simple millets khichdi my daughters did not even touch the khichdi.

I knew I had to find another way to use millets in our diet and hence started making dosa, idli and millet vada with them.

These millet vadas are very crispy and taste amazing with sambhar or tomato onion chutney. So last weekend we had a nice South Indian style dinner.

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Dish-Millets Vada

5 from 2 votes
Millets Vada
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A healthy and tasty vada made with millets and urad dal. This makes a nice variation of the regular vada and tastes crispier too.

Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 People
Author: Sapana Behl
  • 2 cups urad dal/split black gram
  • 1/2 cup foxtail millets
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • oil to deep fry
  • water as required
  1. Wash urad dal and millets in water for a couple of times and soak in enough water for 2 to 6 hours or overnight.

  2. Once soaked grind dal and millet into a smooth yet slightly coarse paste using a blender or food processor.

  3. Add cumin seeds and salt into the batter and mix well until combined.

  4. Heat oil in a pan or wok and make vada by applying some water on your fingers. 

  5. Make a dent in the centre and deep fry the vada into hot oil until golden from both sides.

  6. Remove fried vada on paper towel. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

You can also fry the vada in the paniyaram pan to make them guilt free treat.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 4
Servings Per Container 4 pieces

Amount Per Serving
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 501.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55.7g 86%
Saturated Fat 5.7g 29%
Trans Fat 14.7g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 48mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 31.9g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5.7g 23%
Sugars 1g
Protein 8.4g 17%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.



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13 comments on “Millets Vada”

  1. Kankana says:

    I just love vada. Like if given a choice, I could go for it everyday 😀 But so rarely try to make it at home. I need to change that soon.

  2. Kalyani says:

    what a lovely spread that is, Sapana ! loved the idea of making vada with millets – we make idli and dosa with them, but vada is a definite winner ! thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Jayanthi says:

    Such a healthy vada , makes it less guilty to snack on them

  4. That’s an awesome idea, which millet did you use Sapana?..

    1. Valli, the packet I bought from here says Millets only. I searched on internet and think it was Foxtail Millets.

  5. Jayashree says:

    This looks so good, Sapana. In fact, it doesn’t look any different from the regular vadas made with only urad. Must remember to try this out.

  6. This is beautiful way of disguisng millets. Must try onmn mere duo anmol ratan.

  7. I love vadai and the addition of millets makes it interesting!!

  8. they look so soft and fluffy – delicious

  9. What a lovely recipe. I’, trying to include millet in our diet, I love millet khichdis but hubby would prefer different varieties. He will definitely like these vadas.

  10. Gayathri says:

    Nice idea to sneak in millets. The vadas look so yum..

  11. What a perfect shape sapana!Love the addition of millets!

  12. Perfect way to introduce new things especially to kids. I am sure they would have loved this so much.. 🙂 They have turned out so well.

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